Minutes of Clare PPN Plenary (Part 1), 13th August 2022 

Minutes of Clare PPN Plenary (Part 1), 13th August 2022

This Clare PPN Plenary is taking place in two phases, one in person, the second online. Below are the minutes of phase one. 

Wednesday, 13th August, 2022
Cloughleigh Community Centre, Ennis

Attendance: 16

Facilitator: Padraig Hayes

Work Report
Sarah Clancy summarised Clare PPN’s diverse and extensive work in recent months. Praise all round for the quality and quantity of work being done by volunteers and staff. Details in the Clare PPN Work report for April to June 2022. 

Anti-Poverty Strategy: Sarah briefed on preliminary findings of Conor McCabe’s research and on plans for launch of report. There was a good discussion about this and about how to proceed/use the strategy. 

Finance Report
Details are available at the end of Clare PPN Work report for April to June 2022.

Vacancies: Clare PPN Reps & Secretariat
Two vacancies on then Clare PPN Secretariat, one from Shannon area, one from Environmental College. 

Two vacancies for Reps, both on the LCDC (Local Community Development Committee) of Clare County Council: one each from the Social Inclusion and Environmental Colleges.  

Details of election to be announced via email and our website & social media in coming days. 

Forthcoming changes to structure of Joint Policing Committee
Madeline McAleer, who is Clare PPN’s Rep on Clare’s Joint Policing Committee, updated on these important changes. This is an opportunity to seek to ensure a more community oriented representation. 

National Review of PPNs
This review was conducted by Mazars consultants. There are three proposals in the review. PPN workers nationally have discussed the review and don’t see anything in them that will fix issues with PPNs. We think they need to be more proactive; the review approaches PPNs as a problem not as potential. 

People can make submissions in relation to the review by 31st August. Clare PPN hopes to hold a meeting for our members in advance of our submission. Social Justice Ireland also plans to hold consultations. You can read the review here:

Community Group training needs for autumn
If your group needs training, let us know by emailing admin@clareppn.ie
For example writing funding applications. 

Priorities for next quarter
Environmental: Extractive industries, Fuel poverty, data centres, climate action & adaptation.
Social Inclusion college has many things going on. 

Plan is to hold every second Plenary meeting in person. 


Climate Conversations – Thursday 23rd June – 7pm – Online

Climate Conversations – Thursday 23rd June – 7pm – Online

Climate Conversations – Thursday 23rd June – 7pm – Online

Last year members of Clare PPN took part in facilitated conversations that helped to inform the Department of Environment Climate and Communications in developing the Government’s Climate Action Plan 2021. We have again been asked to host a workshop online where we seek your input, opinions and expertise on Climate Action and this workshop will take place next Thursday 23rd June at 7.00 pm online. The feedback and data generated through this engagement will be used by the Department to feed into the next Climate Action Plan 2022 and other sectoral policies. The workshop will be a facilitated discussion and will last between 60 and 90 minutes.

We can accommodate a maximum of twenty participants in this workshop and so if you are interested in attending and have ideas, opinions. expertise or advice for the Department on its climate strategy you are warmly invited to attend. All places should be booked in advance as soon as possible by emailing sarah@clareppn.ie and we will then send you the link for the meeting. As always, we would really appreciate you taking the time and effort to attend.

Background information:

The Climate Action Plan 2021 can be found here https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/2f87c-climate-action-plan-2021/ and while there is a significant amount of information to be found in the plan, information on core policy priorities can be found in the Executive Summary on pages 10 – 13.